affray

  • 1 affray — af·fray /ə frā/ n [Middle French affrai effrai fright, disturbance, from affraier effreer to terrify]: a fight between two or more people in a public place that disturbs the peace Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Affray — Af*fray , n. [OE. afrai, affrai, OF. esfrei, F. effroi, fr. OF. esfreer. See {Affray}, v. t.] 1. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Alarm; terror; fright. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Affray — Af*fray , v. t. [p. p. {Affrayed}.] [OE. afraien, affraien, OF. effreer, esfreer, F. effrayer, orig. to disquiet, put out of peace, fr. L. ex + OHG. fridu peace (akin to E. free). Cf. {Afraid}, {Fray}, {Frith} inclosure.] [Archaic] 1. To startle… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 affray — n fray, fight, combat, conflict, *contest Analogous words: *brawl, row, fracas, melee, rumpus: *encounter, skirmish, brush: dispute, *argument, controversy affray vb *frighten …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 affray — (n.) c.1300, state of alarm produced by a sudden disturbance, from O.Fr. effrei, esfrei disturbance, fright, from esfreer (v.) to worry, concern, trouble, disturb, from V.L. *exfridare, lit. to take out of peace, from L. ex out of (see EX (Cf. ex …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 affray — ► NOUN Law, dated ▪ a breach of the peace by fighting in a public place. ORIGIN from Old French afrayer disturb, startle …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 affray — [ə frā′, afrā′] n. [ME affrai, an attack, alarm < OFr esfrei < esfrëer, to frighten < ML * exfridare < L ex, out of + Gmc base frith , peace] a noisy brawl or quarrel; public fight or riot; breach of the peace vt. [ME affraien <… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Affray — For the British submarine see HMS Affray (P421) Affray in English Law In English Law, Affray forms part of the Public Order Act 1986 under section 3. The Public Order Act 1986 s.3 states:# A person is guilty of Affray if a person uses or… …

    Wikipedia

  • 9 affray — [[t]əfre͟ɪ[/t]] N SING: also no det An affray is a noisy and violent fight, especially in a public place. [FORMAL] Barnstaple crown court was told he caused an affray at a pub in Braunton, Devon... They were convicted of affray and received… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 affray — UK [əˈfreɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms affray : singular affray plural affrays legal a noisy argument or fight in a public place …

    English dictionary

  • 11 affray — 1. noun a) The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack. The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder. b) A tumultuous assault or quarrel. Syn: fray, brawl, alarm, terror, fright …

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  • 12 affray — [14] Affray is a word of mixed Germanic and Romance origin. The noun comes from the verb, ‘alarm’ (now obsolete, but still very much with us in the form of its past participle, afraid), which was borrowed into English from Anglo Norman afrayer… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 affray — Fighting by two or more persons in a public place, to the terror of the people and the disturbance of public tranquility. Words alone do not constitute all affray is so defined, but if words uttered in a public place are accompanied by threats,… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 14 affray — [14] Affray is a word of mixed Germanic and Romance origin. The noun comes from the verb, ‘alarm’ (now obsolete, but still very much with us in the form of its past participle, afraid), which was borrowed into English from Anglo Norman afrayer… …

    Word origins

  • 15 affray — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from affraier Date: 14th century 1. archaic fray, brawl 2. chiefly British a fight between two or more people in a public place that disturbs the peace II. transitive verb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 affray — /euh fray /, n. 1. a public fight; a noisy quarrel; brawl. 2. Law. the fighting of two or more persons in a public place. v.t. 3. Archaic. to frighten. [1275 1325; ME < AF afray (n.), afrayer (v.), OF esfrei (n.), esfreer (v.) < VL *exfridare to… …

    Universalium

  • 17 affray — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. quarrel, brawl, disturbance. See contention. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior: brawl, broil2, donnybrook,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 affray — af|fray [əˈfreı] n [U and C] law [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: affreer to surprise and frighten , from Vulgar Latin exfridare] a noisy fight in a public place, or when someone is involved in such a fight …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 affray — af|fray [ ə freı ] noun count or uncount LEGAL a noisy argument or fight in a public place …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 affray — af·fray || É™ freɪ n. commotion; fray, small scale riot; fight …

    English contemporary dictionary


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